The principal aim of the Society is to conserve the special character of Canonbury by opposing incongruous redevelopment or building alterations and promoting changes which might enhance Canonbury.
We monitor and, where necessary, make submissions of objection or support on planning applications.
Our secondary function is to promote social cohesion within Canonbury by organising a Christmas Party and a Summer Garden Party for members.
We hold an Annual General Meeting in May.
We assist other organisations in Canonbury, such as the Rose Bowl Youth Club in the New River Green Estate, Urban Hope, a youth and community project and the Friends of the New River Walk. We monitor and, where necessary, make submissions of objection or support on planning applications.
We enjoy close contact with other nearby organisations concerned with the built environment such as the Islington Society, The Islington Archaelogy and History Society, The Upper Street Association, The Highbury Fields Association and join together to campaign where necessary. This happened recently over our collective objection to the redevelopment of 85 Canonbury Road.
We keep a close watch on the management of traffic and parking within Canonbury and work with the London Borough of Islington to ensure the best results.
We keep a close watch on preservation of trees within Canonbury.
Friends of the New River Walk
The New River was built in the early 17th Century as a canal to convey drinking water from a spring in Hertfordshire to a reservoir in Myddleton Square, behind Sadler's Wells. Canonbury is fortunate in having a long section of the original waterway and this provides a very pleasant area for walking and a pleasant outlook for many houses. The maintenance and cleaning of the waterway is undertaken by volunteers with the Friends of the New River Walk.
If you would like to get involved and become a Friend, contact Jack Lambert on 0207 359 8315.
The Rose Bowl is a small, local charity run by volunteers to support the Rose Bowl Youth Centre on the New River Green Estate. The borough of Islington has the second highest level of child poverty in the UK – 49% of Islington’s children live in poverty. The area around the Rose Bowl Youth centre is the most deprived area in Islington. The Friends support the Rose Bowl to tackle issues of social exclusion of young people through innovative, targeted and effective programmes develop a sense of personal worth and belief.
Further details and how you can support the Friends of the Rose Bowl can be found on their website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2000, Urban Hope is a project of St Stephen’s Church, Canonbury. Urban Hope exists to serve young people, their parents and families, the people down their street and the wider community.
Urban Hope offers a range of activities -- tennis, music, cookery and weekends in the countryside -- which are important in giving disadvantaged young people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. The personal support that young people are offered through Urban Hope helps them stay engaged in education, find employment or go on to university.
In 2012 Urban Hope worked with 362 young people, running 390 group sessions and 209 targeted support sessions.
To learn more about Urban Hope and how you can help visit www.urbanhope.co.uk
Islington Giving was formed in 2010 to address issues in the borough and to invest in young people, tackle poverty and help confront isolation. Islington Giving currently supports over 30 local projects and asks residents and businesses to give what they can, be it time or money, to make a difference to the local community. For information, visit www.islingtongiving.org.uk; call 020 7014 5999 or email email@example.com
Here To is a new service that helps people in Islington find better ways to use their free time by getting involved with local projects. You can visit the Here To website http://islington.hereto.org to look for projects to get involved in or to post a project where you need people to get involved.
The point of the site is to appeal to the range of motivations that inspire people to give up their time, beyond pure altruism. This could be to meet new friends, to change something in their neighbourhood or to get some experience for their CV. The project was commissioned by Islington Council and is run by Here To Community Interest Company.